Southeast Asian Foreign Ministers met Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon to call for an end to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state.
Malaysia said the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar was a regional concern and called for Asean to coordinate humanitarian aid and investigate alleged atrocities committed against them.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said reports of arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, and rape by soldiers were continuing.
Nobel laureate Suu Kyi called the meeting after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak described the Myanmar army’s operation in the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine state as “genocide” earlier this month.
Following diplomatic pressure, Suu Kyi’s government has invited selected journalists to visit Rakhine, where it insists security forces are following the law.